The US trombonist bringing jazz and funk to China
Terence Hsieh is a trombonist, pianist, educator, composer, arranger and bandleader from Durham, NC living and working in Beijing, China since 2012.Terrence graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory with a BA in Chinese and a BM in Jazz performance, where he primarily studied with trombone legend Robin Eubanks, but also under the tutelage of pioneers Billy Hart, Sean Jones, Marcus Belgrave and Gary Bartz.
Terence currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Blue Note Beijing Jazz Orchestra, the house big band at the Blue Note Beijing. Hsieh is the founder and bandleader of the Terry Hsieh Collective and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Terence Blanchard, Maria Schneider, Jen Shyu, Vincent Gardner, Jason Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Justin Faulkner, Jaleel Shaw, Fred Wesley, Mark Turner, Michael Mossman, Linda Oh and Robin Eubanks. Hsieh also leads his own group TH4TET, a chordless quartet featuring pianist Sejin Bae, bassist Zhang Ke 张柯 and drummer Anthony Vanacore.
Hsieh is a leading force in Jazz education in Beijing: he serves as the Director of Jazz at the International School of Beijing (ISB), where he teaches the fundamentals of jazz performance. Hsieh is also a dedicated lecturer, having given talks on understanding Jazz music to the Beijing community in both Chinese and English.
He is a sought-after studio musician and arranger, having composed and played in the backing bands on some of China’s most famous musical television shows, including I Am A Singer (我是歌手), The Mask (蒙面唱将猜猜猜) and Rising Star (中国正在听) as well as arranging, recording for and performing with such notable artists as Kubert Leung 梁翘伯, Tia Ray 袁娅维, Sandy Lam 林忆莲, Terry Lin林志炫, Tan Weiwei 谭维维, A Xin 阿信 and Ayunga 阿云嘎.